An innovative new web-series is set to showcase rangatahi Māori and celebrate te reo Māori and the identity of youth from the Horowhenua, Manawatu and Wanganui region.
The Hahana web-series is the first of its kind to receive Te Māngai Pāho innovation round funding and aims to empower rangatahi predominantly from the Ngāti Raukawa rohe and showcase their talent on a whole new platform.
The series is presented by up and coming Māori talent Sonny Ngatai of Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Whātua and Ngāi Tahu a former head boy at Hato Paora and Manu Kōrero champion who is currently studying at Auckland University to become a doctor. He is joined by roving reporter Ashley Dykstra of Māori and Spanish descent.
The team spend time with a number of high achieving New Zealanders throughout the web series which include online Vine sensation Jimi Jackson, Parramatta Eels star Kenny Edwards, Paris Goebel, Scribe and Diggy Dialekt to name a few.
The web-series produced by He Whatupuororangi Productions is being hailed as the first of its kind and Executive Producer, Hayden Turoa says,“We are aiming to the wider demographic who don't necessarily speak Māori but are proud to be Māori and are intrinsically Māori through their current and modern expression of Māori culture. The use and inclusion of te reo is hoped to normalise our language in association with hip hop, dancing film, and other things normal in rangatahi lives today. This in time may support the development of domains or Māori speaker communities alongside other key language management initiatives currently being offered.”
Vicki Makutu the producer, director and editor of the series says she wanted to be part of a project that promoted positive rangatahi role models, particularly from the Horowhenua region.
She says, “I want to see rangatahi from the smaller regions dreaming big and going for it! Society/Mainstream makes it easy for rangatahi to doubt themselves which is heart breaking to see. The amount of talented young Maori that I have met in the past 5 months from making this series is extraordinary and shows like these need to continue, throughout the country.”
The series will be delivered specifically online, using platforms like Youtube, Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook.
For more information on the series visit the Hahana Facebook page.